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  • Monty Python's Life Of Brian [1979] Monty Python's Life Of Brian | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    There is not a single joke, sight-gag or one-liner in Monty Python's Life of Brian that will not forever burn itself into the viewer's memory as being just as funny as it is possible to be, but--extraordinarily--almost every indestructibly hilarious scene also serves a dual purpose, making this one of the most consistently sustained film satires ever made. Like all great satire, the Pythons not only attack and vilify their targets (the bigotry and hypocrisy of organised religion and politics) supremely well, they also propose an alternative: be an individual, think for yourself, don't be led by others. "You've all got to work it out for yourselves", cries Brian in a key moment. "Yes, we've all got to work it our for ourselves", the crowd reply en masse. Two thousand years later, in a world still blighted by religious zealots, Brian's is still a lone voice crying in the wilderness. Aside from being a neat spoof on the Hollywood epic, it's also almost incidentally one of the most realistic on-screen depictions of the ancient world--instead of treating their characters as posturing historical stereotypes, the Pythons realised what no sword 'n' sandal epic ever has: that people are all the same, no matter what period of history they live in. People always have and always will bicker, lie, cheat, swear, conceal cowardice with bravado (like Reg, leader of the People's Front of Judea), abuse power (like Pontius Pilate), blindly follow the latest fads and giggle at silly things ("Biggus Dickus"). In the end, Life of Brian teaches us that the only way for a despairing individual to cope in a world of idiocy and hypocrisy is to always look on the bright side of life. On the DVD: Life of Brian returns to Region 2 DVD in a decent widescreen anamorphic print with Dolby 5.1 sound--neither are exactly revelatory, but at least it's an improvement on the previous release, which was, shockingly, pan & scan. The 50-minute BBC documentary, "The Pythons", was filmed mainly on location in 1979 and isn't especially remarkable or insightful (a new retrospective would have been appreciated). There are trailers for this movie, as well as Holy Grail plus three other non-Python movies. There's no commentary track, sadly. --Mark Walker

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Two-disc set [1975] Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Two-disc set | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £6.51  |  Saving you £13.48 (67.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The second best comedy ever made, Monty Python and the Holy Grail must give precedence only to the same team's masterpiece, The Life of Brian (1979). Even though most of this film's set-pieces are now indelibly inscribed in every Python fan's psyche, as if by magic they never seem to pall. And they remain endlessly, joyfully quotable: from the Black Knight ("It's just a flesh wound"), to the constitutional peasants ("Come and see the violence inherent in the system!") and the taunting French soldier ("Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"). Not forgetting of course the migratory habits of European and African swallows... The film's mock-Arthurian narrative provides a sturdy framework for the jokes, and the authentic-looking production design is relentlessly and gloriously dirty. The miniscule budget turns out to be one of the film's greatest assets: Can't afford horses? Use coconuts instead. No money for special effects? Let Terry Gilliam animate. And so on, from Camelot ("it's only a model") to the rampaging killer rabbit glove puppet. True it's let down a little by a rushed ending, and the jokes lack the sting of Life of Brian's sharply observed satire, but Holy Grail is still timeless comedy that's surely destined for immortality. On the DVD: Disc One contains a digitally remastered anamorphic (16:9) print of the film--which is still a little grainy, but a big improvement on previous video releases--with a splendidly remixed Dolby 5.1 soundtrack (plus an added 24 seconds of self-referential humour "absolutely free"!). There are two commentaries, one with the two Terrys, co-directors Jones and Gilliam, the other a splicing together of three separate commentaries by Michael Palin, John Cleese (in waspish, nit-picking mood) and Eric Idle. A "Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature provides access either to the Accountant's invoices or Gilliam's conceptual sketches. Subtitle options allow you to read the screenplay or watch with spookily appropriate captions from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II. The second disc has lots more material, much of it very silly and inconsequential (an educational film on coconuts, the Camelot song in Lego and so on), plus a long-ish documentary from 2001 in which Palin and Jones revisit Doune Castle, Glencoe and other Scottish locations. Perhaps best of all, though, are the two scenes from the Japanese version with English subtitles, in which we see the search for the Holy sake cup, and the Ni-saying Knights who want... bonsai! --Mark Walker

  • Monty Python's 'Meaning of Life' [1983] Monty Python's 'Meaning of Life' | DVD | (06/06/2011) from £2.72  |  Saving you £6.80 (61.90%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Those six pandemonium-mad Pythons are back with their craziest adventure ever! These naughty lads offer the usual tasteful sketches involving favorite bodily parts and functions the wonders of war the miracle of birth and a special preview of what's waiting for us in Heaven. Nothing is too sacred for the probing Python crew. After seeing them in action you'll never look at life in quite the same way again. It's far-out frank and jolly good fun!

  • Monty Python's Life Of Brian [Blu-ray] [1979] Monty Python's Life Of Brian | Blu Ray | (03/12/2007) from £7.45  |  Saving you £12.54 (62.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    You could say this is one of the greatest comedies ever but the Monty Python team said it first! Life of Brian is all about (and here's the big surprise) the life of Brian who was born in a Bethlehem manger next door to Jesus. Three wise men believe he is the messiah but it becomes apparent that he is only Brian. It's written and performed by the Monty Python lads so you know what you're in for; if you don't put this disc down and go out while it's safe!

  • Monty Python: The Movies (Box Set) Monty Python: The Movies (Box Set) | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £8.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (30.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    This Monty Python Movie Box Set contains all four Python movies: And Now for Something Completely Different (1971), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)--the two-disc set--Monty Python's Life of Brian--including a 50-minute documentary--and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

  • Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl [1982] Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Pythons invade Hollywood with live versions of classics The Lumberjack Song The Philosphers Song and of course the incomparable Parrot Sketch plus material never performed on the Flying Circus Program.

  • Monty Python's Life Of Brian (Special Edition) [1979] Monty Python's Life Of Brian (Special Edition) | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £6.99  |  Saving you £7.01 (41.30%)  |  RRP £16.99

    You could say this is one of the greatest comedies ever but the Monty Python team said it first! 'Life Of Brian' is all about (and here's the big surprise) the life of Brian who was born in a Bethlehem manger next door to Jesus. Three wise men believe he is the messiah but it becomes apparent that he is only Brian. It's written and performed by the Monty Python lads so you know what you're in for; if you don't put this disc down and go out while it's safe!

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1 Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1 | DVD | (26/03/2007) from £4.69  |  Saving you £20.30 (81.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    And now for something completely different...

  • And Now For Something Completely Different [1971] And Now For Something Completely Different | DVD | (28/07/2003) from £4.19  |  Saving you £8.30 (63.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python's first feature, is a reworking of their best skits from the first two seasons of the TV series. Originally made for the US market (where the show had yet to be aired), it was shot on film outside the usual studio sets ("Nudge Nudge", for example, is set in a tavern filled with passers-by). The writing and performances are fine and the film is packed with some of their best bits: "How to Avoid Being Seen", " Hell's Grannies", "Blackmail", "The Lumberjack Song" and "The Upper Class Twit of the Year", among others. Many of the sketches have been shortened, however, and the loss of the overly bright video sheen (the film has a muddy, dull look to it) and the invigorating presence of a live audience leaves the film sluggish at times. They're still feeling out the possibilities of the feature length, which they conquered with their next movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974). --Sean Axmaker

  • Life of Brian: Collector's Edition (Re-Package)  [DVD] [1979] Life of Brian: Collector's Edition (Re-Package) | DVD | (07/11/2016) from £5.09  |  Saving you £0.90 (15.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    There is not a single joke, sight-gag or one-liner in Monty Python's Life of Brian that will not forever burn itself into the viewer's memory as being just as funny as it is possible to be, but--extraordinarily--almost every indestructibly hilarious scene also serves a dual purpose, making this one of the most consistently sustained film satires ever made. Like all great satire, the Pythons not only attack and vilify their targets (the bigotry and hypocrisy of organised religion and politics) supremely well, they also propose an alternative: be an individual, think for yourself, don't be led by others. "You've all got to work it out for yourselves", cries Brian in a key moment. "Yes, we've all got to work it our for ourselves", the crowd reply en masse. Two thousand years later, in a world still blighted by religious zealots, Brian's is still a lone voice crying in the wilderness. Aside from being a neat spoof on the Hollywood epic, it's also almost incidentally one of the most realistic on-screen depictions of the ancient world--instead of treating their characters as posturing historical stereotypes, the Pythons realised what no sword 'n' sandal epic ever has: that people are all the same, no matter what period of history they live in. People always have and always will bicker, lie, cheat, swear, conceal cowardice with bravado (like Reg, leader of the People's Front of Judea), abuse power (like Pontius Pilate), blindly follow the latest fads and giggle at silly things ("Biggus Dickus"). In the end, Life of Brian teaches us that the only way for a despairing individual to cope in a world of idiocy and hypocrisy is to always look on the bright side of life. On the DVD: Life of Brian returns to Region 2 DVD in a decent widescreen anamorphic print with Dolby 5.1 sound--neither are exactly revelatory, but at least it's an improvement on the previous release, which was, shockingly, pan & scan. The 50-minute BBC documentary, "The Pythons", was filmed mainly on location in 1979 and isn't especially remarkable or insightful (a new retrospective would have been appreciated). There are trailers for this movie, as well as Holy Grail plus three other non-Python movies. There's no commentary track, sadly. --Mark Walker

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1-4 - Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1-4 - Complete | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £20.00  |  Saving you £24.99 (55.50%)  |  RRP £44.99

    The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

  • Monty Python's Life of Brian [Steelbook] [Blu-ray] Monty Python's Life of Brian | Blu Ray | (08/06/2015) from £13.29  |  Saving you £4.70 (26.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Monty Python delivers a scathing anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their second film. The setting is Judea 33 A.D a time of poverty and chaos with no shortage of messiahs followers willing to believe in them and exasperated Romans trying to impose some order. At the centre of it all is Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (John Cleese Eric Idle Terry Gilliam Terry Jones Michael Palin and Chapman) to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex-lepers Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to crazy prophets Roman centurions and crucifixion.

  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan [DVD] Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan | DVD | (11/03/2013) from £6.67  |  Saving you £11.18 (62.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso's definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan. Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen's seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as 'The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms','It Came From Beneath The Sea','The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad', 'Mysterious Island', 'Jason And The Argonauts' and 'The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad' - the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.

  • Monty Python's Meaning of Life - 30th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1983] Monty Python's Meaning of Life - 30th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (09/09/2013) from £6.39  |  Saving you £9.60 (60.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    It took God six days to create the heavens and the earth... and Monty Python 90 minutes to screw it up. John Cleese Graham Chapman Terry Jones Eric Idle Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin have returned to explain The Meaning of Life (again - this time on Blu-ray). The Python crew offer the usual tasteful sketches involving favourite bodily parts and functions the wonders of war the miracle of birth and a special preview of what's waiting for us in Heaven. Nothing is too sacred for the probing Pythons. After seeing them in action you'll never look at life in quite the same way again! Special Features: Hour long newly created HD featurette with Producer John Goldstone in conversation with the cast Eric Idle Introduction Feature Commentary from Terry Jones and Terry Gilham The Snipped Bits: 7 Deleted Scenes Singalong The School of Life Song and Dance Songs Unsung Selling The Meaning of Life Fish: The School of Life Soundtrack for the Lonely

  • Lost In La Mancha [2002] Lost In La Mancha | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £3.98  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Lost in La Mancha is not so much a "making of", more an "unmaking of" documentary which follows director Terry Gilliam through eight weeks of pre-production, six days of filming and finally the aftermath as his long planned feature The Man Who Killed Don Quixote falls apart. Documentarians Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe--the team who produced the excellent feature-length The Hamster Factor about Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys--reveal a tragi-comedy about the director's struggle to bring to life another of his wondrous stories of madness and sanity, fantasy and reality. Unfortunately Gilliam's take on Spanish classic Don Quixote is mirrored all too closely by reality, as everything goes wrong, from noise-ridden locations to flash-flooding to a seriously ill star, Jean Rochefort. Gilliam goes from boyish enthusiasm to bad tempered frustration to near despair, the victim of circumstances beyond his control which turn a cherished dream into a farcical nightmare. Meanwhile, we get glimpses of what could have been and are left hoping that someday, somehow, Gilliam will realise his remarkable vision. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Season 4 Monty Python's Flying Circus - Season 4 | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £2.76  |  Saving you £17.23 (86.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    And now for something completely different... Episodes Comprise: 1. The Golden Age of Ballooning 2. Michael Ellis 3. The Light Entertainment War 4. Hamlet 5. Mr. Neutron 6. Party Political Broadcast

  • A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (DVD) A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (DVD) | DVD | (18/02/2013) from £4.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (75.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Graham Chapman (the dead one from Monty Python) writes and stars in the movie of his own life story. Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989 he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book and those recordings have now been used to provide Chapman's voice in the film. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam also turn up, along with a few surprise guest including Cameron Diaz, Stephen Fry and Lloyd Kaufman.

  • Monty Python Monster Collection (Special Edition) Monty Python Monster Collection (Special Edition) | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £45.00  |  Saving you £30.00 (23.10%)  |  RRP £129.99

    Everything Ever In One Gloriously Fabulous Ludicrously Definitive Outrageously Luxurious Monty Python Box Set For the ultimate gift this Christmas look no further than the 16 disc Monty Python Monster Box Set. Containing all the Monty Python films and the complete Flying Circus TV series. The box set includes all four series of Monty Python's Flying Circus all of the legendary (and poll-topping) films including both the brand new special edition of Monty Python's The Life Of Brian as well as Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Season 2 Monty Python's Flying Circus - Season 2 | DVD | (23/04/2007) from £3.98  |  Saving you £20.30 (81.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    And now for something completely different...

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 3 Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 3 | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £3.89  |  Saving you £21.10 (84.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    And now for something completely different... The complete third series of Monty Python's Circus! Episodes Comprise: 1. Njorl's Saga 2. Mr. and Mrs. Brian Norris' Ford Popular 3. The Money Programme 4. Blood Devastation Death War and Horror 5. The All-England Summarise Proust Competition 6. The War Against Pornography 7. Salad Days 8. The Cycling Tour 9. The Nude Man 10. E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease 11. Dennis Moore 12. A Book at Bedtime 13. The British Showbiz Awards

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